Chargers get extension to lift blackout

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It may be the preseason, but the Chargers already are in midseason blackout-avoidance form.

San Diego’s NFL franchise has received a 24-hour extension of the deadline for selling all non-premium tickets to Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Seahawks.  The Chargers have until 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday to sell the remaining tickets, which number roughly 1,800.

Some believe an extension isn’t provided absent assurances that any remaining tickets will be purchased by the team at 34 cents on the dollar.

The Chargers have struggled to sell tickets in recent years.  Last season, the team opted not to take advantage of the rule that allows the threshold for lifting the blackout to be dropped to as low as 85 percent.  The Chargers likewise opted not to reduce the minimum in 2013.

25 responses to “Chargers get extension to lift blackout

  1. It’s a good thing Jacksonville is moving to LA / London or San Diego would be in trouble……wait….Jags haven’t had a blackout in 3 years….uh oh….nevermind. Sorry Chargers.

  2. The Spanos family held onto AJ Smith way too long and it cost them fans. The moves they made this year should have been made two years ago. Now they’re paying the price. Winning will bring them back but they better win.

  3. Once again, the fans of San Diego who don’t think their team is worth the cash have to rally in the spirit of the team name and “charge” it. In hindsight, what a silly nickname for a football team if you can’t pay the bills by selling the seats!

  4. This is the Spanos family telling you they are more than willing to go to Los Angeles if you wont build them a new stadium.

    This is also the Spanos family telling you they have such a poor relationship with the community nobody is willing to pick up pennies on the dollar to televise the games.

    The writing is on the wall, there’s lots of casinos that could front that cost if they believed there was a reason to keep a relationship with Chargers ownership. They know very well, there’s no reason to dump money into a product that’s leaving town.

  5. Why the NFL allows them to claim the L.A. Market as their own is beyond me. It just screws the Dolt fans out of seeing home games and allows them to trump Raider games up here.

  6. raiderapologist says:

    Don’t forget, the Raiders are dead-last, and that says a great deal, in ticket revenue in the entire league. They have slashed ticket prices so low, for the black hole, just to get people in the seats. So, you can’t always make an accurate read on supposed game sell-outs, and a team’s actual fan base. Conversely, the Chargers’ (I believe) are somewhere in the top ten in ticket revenue, in the league.

  7. slick50ks says:

    Actually, you’re only half-right. Moving almost any team to LA is a losing proposition. But not for a lack of NFl interest. Quite the opposite. All of southern California is a melting pot. People bring their allegiances with them, and it’s almost impossible to break that. So, that’s the greatest hurdle here.

  8. raidermark says:

    The NFL hasn’t extended any special market privileges to the Chargers. It’s simply a league-wide broadcast agreement, which basically states that there is a 75-mile radius for every team. It’s the same for every town in the country, but it just sticks out here in SoCal because there is a fading history of the Raiders and Rams down here. But speaking of which, the Raiders short time in LA was nothing but a ploy by Al Davis, and he reversed the tactic when he promptly moved the team back up to Oakland. So, the “nation” fanatics should really consider that, when they laud their dedication to “their” team. That same team played the respective cities (and fans) against themselves. Twice. Ha!

    The only team which has a legitimate claim to LA’s history, are the Rams. Which, if we’re lucky, will be the team that does come back here some day.

  9. As a Jag fan, I hate when fellow Jags fans jump on another team’s attendance problems. Couple of things Jags, we haven’t sold out our own stadium in years (different than lifting the blackout) and we lost a home game (and more to come) to London. Now please shut up.

  10. Are you people nuts? It’s pre-season! I’m practically giving my tickets away. To this and the 49er game.

    I don’t know how many season ticket holders are on this board, but pre-season is a painful tease at best. An expensive, painful tease.

    The notion that anybody is dumping on any team for not selling out a pre-season game, is a joke. A full priced, $25 to park, to watch 2nd and 3rd stringers, joke.

  11. dasmol says:

    Absolutely NO argument there, whatsoever. It’s truly a shame, but what are we going to do? They’ve for the only product in town, and can run it how they please. But anyone who argues against the idea of the 18-game season, and two-game preseason, should have their head looked at. Every year, more and more top-tier players are injured during the meaningless four-games. Yet, there is no net gain to the fans (or even the owners). If I’m going to spend full-fare, I’d rather have the option of two-more regular season games.

  12. Real Simple way to fix this who preseason debacle…
    The owners want an 18 game season. The fans want less preseason. The players want to play only 16 games. First you add two more wildcard teams and another week of playoff games. All wildcard teams play each other in the extra week of playoffs. Then you schedule in one more bye week for teams and there for and extra week of real games with making the teams play any more regular season games and get more breaks to rest and heal during a long NFL season. The league gets two more weeks of football including an extra week of playoffs. Plus the fans get 2 less weeks of a poor excuse of what they call football which is more a glorified scrimmage….

  13. Even if SD fans want to keep the team there, it doesn’t help that they can’t sell out there tickets…..Get ready for the push to move to LA.

  14. As another poster noted, Southern California is a melting pot of the rest of the country; a lot of people move here from different states, states which have their own NFL teams. A very large majority of those people continue to support the teams of their old states. To ignore that fact would be ridiculous.

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